Rotterdam City Increases Use of IoT for Waste Management Efficiency

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Use of Enevo waste management data analytics and dynamic route planning is being extended as the Netherland’s second largest city grows its position in the circular economy

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The results of the pilot in Rotterdam shows conclusively that Enevo’s IoT technology and analytics can help uncover new levels of efficiency in the hands of a committed & expert team. Just as 60 other global cities have already found by working with Enevo

The municipality of Rotterdam is to introduce the second phase of a Paper and Cardboard Waste Fractions project with Enevo, the leading innovator in smart waste management and its Dutch partner TWS. The project extension will double the number of monitored waste containers and increase the use of Enevo Smart Plan software for optimised collection route planning to 40% of the underground paper and card waste containers in the city.

Initially deployed as a proof of concept to demonstrate the effectiveness of Enevo technology, the municipality of Rotterdam also enlisted the expertise of its waste collection team to optimise Enevo Smart Plan route planning software for use in the City. At the same time, Rotterdam set a target for Enevo to increase the efficiency of collections by 20 percent – a goal that was in fact easily surpassed.

Joost van Maaren, Head of Collection and Reuse of Waste at the municipality of Rotterdam, outlined the project: “We are delighted to be increasing the use of this system. The technology to monitor fill-levels in waste containers is well understood, however, key to our requirements was a dynamic route planning system. Enevo offers one of the only systems that reliably offers both capabilities. This essential development is helping us to eliminate static collection routes and bring a focus on only emptying containers which need servicing. During the pilot our working group, together with Enevo and TWS, have developed a system which meets Rotterdam’s requirements to achieve a highly effective and efficient waste collection system.”

Charbel Aoun, Enevo Chief of Sales and Strategy, said: “The results of the pilot in Rotterdam show conclusively that Enevo’s IoT technology and analytics can help uncover new levels of efficiency in the hands of a committed and expert team. Just as 60 other global cities have already found working in partnership with Enevo, Rotterdam has been able to do more with less.”

“Not only is the predictive waste management system an effective way to reduce the cost of waste handling, it can also help to incentivise reuse and recycling, and build the circular economy. We are very pleased to be on that journey with the municipality of Rotterdam.”

The Enevo waste management solution brings together waste container monitoring, data analytics and fill-level forecasting, dynamic route planning and driver route guidance via in-cab tablet computers. Enevo wireless sensors monitor the fill level of the waste containers, transmitting the information to the company’s cloud servers.

This data is combined with historical project information to generate trends which the system analyses to generate the most efficient collection routes, based on fill level criteria, on a daily basis. These routes are directly communicated via the Enevo cloud service to provide that day’s collection route.

Phase two of the Paper and Cardboard collection and recycling project was implemented during April 2016 and is anticipated to provide increased levels of data and on-route understanding for analysis, allowing well defined criteria to develop the project further towards its goals.


About Enevo

Founded in 2010, Enevo is a forward-thinking company with a vision to transform the financial, environmental and social impact of waste.

By collecting and analysing data from refuse containers across the world, Enevo is able to create efficiencies and cut the cost of waste collection and recycling. Enevo simplifies, de-risks and optimises the waste management process, helping to make a sustainable waste-free environment a more achievable proposition.

The company has raised over $26m in private equity funding to date and continues to invest highly in R&D. Enevo is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, with offices in the US, UK, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.

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Enevo – Olli Gunst
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The municipality of Rotterdam – Sharon Buys
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Telephone: +31 (0)6 22 96 65 62

Spa Communications – Simon Merrick
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